The Perfect Game Super 25 Qualifier was held this past weekend at the In the Net complex in Palmyra. The event drew teams from Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York, and New Jersey across the 11U-14U age divisions. When all was said and done the Bombers had themselves quite the weekend!
The 13U Black squad got off to a great start in pool play with a convincing 9-0 victory over the SC Bulldogs. Camden Hulock was lights out on the mound, going 5IP and allowing just 1H and OR while striking out 6. The offense was paced by Evan Niehaus (1-1 w/ 2R & 2RBI), Logan Zynn (2/2 w/ 3RBI), Adrian Gonzalez (2/2 w/ 1R), and Zach Zuber (1/2 w/ 1RBI). The boys kept it rolling into their second pool play game, beating Stars Baseball 9-4 in a game under the lights. It was a team-wide effort with the Bombers drawing 10 walks and picking up 5 hits. The boys earned the #1 seed heading into bracket and wound up losing in the semi-finals, ending the tournament with a 3rd place finish.
The 14U boys started their pool play games with a come from behind 7-5 win over the Central Maryland Cyclones. Ethan Hunt (3/3 w/ 3R & 1RBI) and Toby Myers (1/3 1 2B & 3RBI) lead the offense and Alex Fox (5IP, 5H, 1ER) and Toby Myers (2IP 1H 0R) both pitched well on the mound to pull out the win. The second game of pool play saw the Bombers take on the Mid-Penn Prospects at Founders’ Field in Hershey. The Black and Orange came out on top with a dominating 9-1 win. Toby Myers (2/2 w/ 1R & 1RBI) and David Zamora (3/3 w/ 1R & 4RBI) paced the offense and Zamora was also lights out on the mound, going 5IP and allowing just 2H and 0ER. After earning the 2 seed for the bracket round, the Bombers got matched up with Severna Park (DE) in the semi-finals and came out on the winning side of a wild, back-and-forth affair by a score of 9-8. Ethan Hunt had another huge game, going 3/4, Ty Custer was 1/1 w/ 3R, 2RBI & 2BB, Toby Myers was 2/3 w/ 2R, 1RBI & 1BB, Amauri Ramirez was 2/4, David Zamora was 2/3 w/ 2RBI, and CJ Clayton was 3/4 w/ 3 2B, 2R & 2RBI. The championship game saw the boys face off against Five Star Northeast in what would be an incredible game, with the Bombers coming up just short and losing 3-1 to finish as tournament runner up. Ethan Hunt was named tournament MVP.
The 12U squad carried the weekend, going undefeated and bringing home the PG Super 25 Qualifier championship! The boys took care of business in game 1 beating Team Beast (NY) 9-5. James Wall (2/4 w/ 2R & 1RBI), Cooper Williams (2/4 w/ 1R & 4RBI), Grady Topf (2/2 w/ 2R), and Brock Riggs (2/3 w/ 1R & 2RBI) led the offensive charge in a game that saw the boys collect 11 hits. Game 2 of pool play wound up being an instant classic! The Bombers took on Tri-State Arsenal National out of New Jersey coming out on top 6-3 in a game that will go down in Bomber lore! Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th with the time limit about to expire, the Bombers got things started when Cooper Williams (2/3 w/ 1R & 1RBI) picked up a 1 out single to start the rally. Andrew Fabian (1/1 w/ 2BB & 1R) would draw a walk to move the tying run into scoring position with 1 out. Devin Campos (1/1 w/ 1R & 1BB) then singled up the middle, loading the bases with the Bombers down a run, setting the scene for Cooper Hillen (1/3 w/ 1R & 4RBI) to stride to the plate with a chance to tie or win the game. After 2 swings and misses, Hillen connected on a 2-2 FB and sent it deep over the CF fence for a walk-off grand slam! At 2-0 in pool play the Bombers went up against NJ Alliance as they looked to go 3-0 going into the playoffs. James Wall (2/3 w/ 2RBI), Cooper Hillen (1/2 w/ 1HR, 1R, & 1RBI), and Grady Topf (1/2 w/ 1HR, 1R, & 2RBI) provided more than enough offense for Brayden Reigle who was absolutely electric, pitching a CG, allowing just 3H, and striking out 5!
After going 3-0 in pool play and securing thr #1 seed, the Bombers were matched up against a familiar for, the PA Shockers. It was a wild first inning, with all 9 runs in the contest being plated in the frame, before the teams would settle in putting up 0’s the rest of the way, resulting in the Bombers earning a 6-3 win and moving on to the championship game against the Mid-Penn Prospects. Another wild first inning ended with the score tied at 3-3. The Bombers would go on to put up another 2R in the 2nd inning, giving them a 5-3 edge which they would hold on to until the final out. James Wall went 2/3 w/ a HR, 1R, & 3RBI, Cooper Williams was 1/3 w/ 1HR, 1R, & 1RBI, and Tyler Shirk was 1/1 w/ 1HR, 1R, 1RBI, & 1BB to lead the offense, while Chase Sensenig came on in relief to settle things down, going 3 hit-less innings and fanning 3. Reigle would be named the MVPitcher of the tournament and the 12U squad would go home with some fresh bling and swag!!